Lavender Pound Cake

This recipe is not my own but it is so special to me that I feel the need to share it with the world.

It is the recipe of the sweetest chef - Nancy of Sisters Kitchen in Blairsville, GA - and was the inspiration for my wedding cake. She designed and prepared the cuisine of my entire wedding weekend and as I went to her cafe on the square to try all the recipes she had in mind for us, she casually offered me some cake she had just baked fresh that morning. It ended up being the best cake I’ve ever tried.

Here is the recipe:


Lavender Pound Cake

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Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups sugar

  • 1 teaspoon (or more) dried lavender

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

  • 4 eggs

  • 1 cup sour cream (or ricotta cheese)

  • 1/4 cup milk

  • Drizzle: 1/4 cup water, 1 tablespoon dried lavender, 3/4 cup powdered sugar

Instructions:

  1. Center rack in oven. Pre-heat to 350F.

  2. Grease and flour 2 loaf pans OR 1 bundt pan.

  3. Mix flour, baking soda, and salt in bowl. Set aside.

  4. In food processor, pulse 1/2 cup sugar with 1 teaspoon (or more) lavender until finely ground.

  5. Mix sour cream and milk in small bowl. Set aside.

  6. Use mixing bowl on medium speed to combine softened butter, lavender sugar, vanilla, and remaining 1/2 cups of sugar until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes.

  7. Beat in eggs one at a time, beating well (45-60 seconds) after each addition.

  8. On low speed, alternatively mix in flour mixture with sour cream mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.

  9. Pour into pans, level top.

  10. Bake at 350F for 30-55 minutes (less time for loaf pans) or until cake tester comes out clean. Remove cakes from pan and let cool completely.

  11. Drizzle: Microwave water and lavender for 30 seconds on high. Let lavender steep for 5 minutes. Strain out lavender flowers (or don’t). Whisk together 4 tsp of lavender water with powdered sugar and drizzle over cake.

  12. Enjoy!

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